Some of the main characters in the film were chosen just before
When God shuts the doors, at least he opens the window.
We had three cancellations of the three main characters just
before the first day of shooting. But it turns out that new
actors were a better idea after all.
Who's the young, gorgeous actor who played the main character,
That is Luka Dragic; he's finishing Drama Academy and
he's very well reviewed by the critics and the audience. He
has a charismatic, urban-like face for the future. His face
is not very usual.
What do you expect from the future?
I plan to visit more festivals and break the isolation of
What is your taste when it comes to favorite film directors?
I'm personally open to classic film directors, and I'm not
following modern cinematography in the way that today's youth
does. In my past years at Drama Academy we used to have a
classic film school. My favourite directors are (Howard) Hawks
and (John) Ford.
How about Croatian directors?
Kreso Golik and Ante Babaja.
How about Serbian directors?
Zika Pavlovic and Vesna Mort, a film producer.
Is it hard to make a film that is about the past of Croatia
in former Yugoslavia?
It is very hard. The biggest film producer in Croatia is Croatia
Radio-Television. Queen of the Night was shot to look as it
looks now because of the Croatian Television. Most of the
films in the last past years have financed by the Croatian
Ministry of Culture with the cooperation of Croatian Television.
Croatian Television usually gives the additional services
in equipment or in additional money. As the system of sponsorships
on the market didn't made stable enough roots for the well
being, that is the only way to make films in Croatia.
Is there any chance to engage Croatian actors who are famous
outside of Croatia in some future film projects? Someone like
Goran Visnjic or Mira Furlan. Goran is living in USA, with
quite a career behind him in American film already, and Mira
is also playing in one of USA's TV serials.
Yes, Goran Visnjic is working on a project produced by Croatian
Television right now. And Mira is planning a project that
is not developed yet.
Can you make a comparison between Croatian film now and Croatian
film before old Yugoslavia went apart?
Aesthetically or financially?
Now it's much harder to make a film than before. There
is no valid market in Croatia that would finance a film with
donations and sponsorships.
What about independent Croatian producers?
There are a few, but none of them have made major improvements
yet. They all work in collaboration with Croatian Television
and the Croatia Ministry of Culture. That was a good idea
once, but it didnít amount in enough money.
How much did Queen of the Night cost?
The film cost about $800,000 US, or about $1,700,000 DM.
Who financed the project?
Croatian Radio Television and the Ministry of Culture of the
Is there any possibility for Croatian film to make contacts
and cooperate with American film production, in order to make
USA-Croatian co-production films that would involve high budget
Why not? Croatian film production is always open for new
business deals and for a big culture relationship with American
film production. We are always open for new ideas and new
Have there been any such suggestions or offers made so far?
Not for now, yet there was an attempt in individual private
production, but this film is still in distribution and it
is too early to talk about it.